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Love's Song Part 1
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“Mother, Yuri, I’ll be back in an hour!”
Simon Kowan called, climbing into the red Fiat.
The car pulled out of the Kowan’s driveway in Sacramento,
California. Yuri did not need to guess where her brother was going.
He was going on a date with his beautiful girlfriend Jenni. She
stared wistfully at the fading car and wished she had Simon. People
often said that Yuri did not resemble her family members and they
were not wrong. After all, she was an adopted child. Yuri had
beautiful black hair and a slim body fit for a fifteen year old
while Simon’s handsome features and slick blonde hair resembled
his father, who passed away years ago. Mrs. Susan Kowan, as most
people called her, is a kind widow who was not beautiful for a
woman of forty eight. But her kind face had no wrinkles and her
blonde hair showed no specks of grey.
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Yuri had a crush on Simon for three years now, and
she loved him far more than a brother. His blue eyes
could catch any girl’s heart, but Yuri knew
in her own heart that she loved Simon more than anyone
else in the world, even Mrs. Kowan. Yuri spent the
hour reading and waiting for Simon as she always did.
The clock ticked noisily and one could hear the sounds
of Mrs. Kowan’s knitting and her chair rocking
throughout the house.
Late into the night, the sound of keys at the door
was heard and the door creaked open. A boy by the
name of Simon of age eighteen stepped into the house
quietly as a mouse and went up to his sister. She
had fallen asleep waiting for him on the couch with
her book across her lap. He went up and put her head
on his shoulder silently. The sleeping girl stirred
but fell back into her slumber. Simon stroked Yuri’s
head gently for a while then kissed her cheek. The
moment of silence was broken by the loud chiming of
the grandfather’s clock, indicating that it
“Yuri, I know how you feel towards me.”
Simon whispered into the night and to his sleeping
sister. His voice was soothing like a lullaby.
“I am sorry I am unable to love you back more
but I will always love you, almost as much as I love
Jenni. You are a beautiful and gentle girl, like the
night breeze that lures me to sleep each night. I
have to go for a while now. Sleep well.”
Simon slowly lifted Yuri’s face up to his and
gently placed his lips over hers. It was a short kiss
but a true one. Seconds later the boy left again.
Yuri opened her eyes and gazed at the empty driveway,
trying to recall the kiss that she only half remembered,
before falling asleep again.
The quiet dawn in the house of the Kowans was once again disturbed
by the shrill ringing of the phone. Yuri rose from the couch and
picked up the phone that rang at two o’clock. A male voice
“Miss Kowan, this is Officer Jyo from the Sacramento
Police Department. I think you’d better come
down to South Street. There has been an accident involving
Then he hanged up. Yuri was still for a moment, before
she threw down the receiver and screamed.
Two ladies, one young and one old arrived at South
Street minutes later. Police cars were everywhere
and there was an ambulance. A small crowd was huddled
around two bodies.
Yuri and Susan Kowan rushed and pushed through the crowd to where
the three officers were examining the two bodies. One was a stranger
whose head was heavily bandaged and stains of blood were visible
through the bandage. The other was Simon. The boy’s head
was bleeding heavily and blood stained his body which was full
of cuts and bruises. Two more officers came with a stretcher and
lifted the stranger onto it.
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“To the emergency room immediately. There might
still be hope.” An officer said.
“What about my brother? He needs to go to the
hospital, too!” Yuri screamed with her voice
shake uncontrollably as she stared at the bloody heap
that was her brother.
“He needs to go! Somebody, bring a stretcher!”
Yuri was shrieking, tears streaming down her face
as she wrung her hands desperately.
“Miss Kowan, I’m sorry. There is no need
for Simon to go to a hospital.”
The officer said, trying to soothe the frantic girl.
“Why not? That person went too! There’s
still hope!” Yuri cried, shaking her head.
“Simon Kowan is dead.”
Yuri froze. Susan Kowan fainted but Yuri didn't. Before
she knew what she was doing, she grabbed the officer’s
“You’re lying. Simon said he was only
going out for a little while. He’s coming back!”
Yuri cried shrilly. At that moment, all she wanted
was for her brother to come back. She thought she
was going crazy.
“I’m sorry, but he is dead.”
The officer replied, looking sombre. He loosened himself
from Yuri’s grip and walked away. Yuri knelt
in front of Simon. She stroked his soft blonde hair
as he did to her earlier, staining her hands with
blood from his hair. Her tears spilled and she hugged
Simon tightly. The crowd slowly parted leaving behind
Yuri and the dead Simon.
An officer came over and patted Yuri’s shoulder
“Miss Kowan, we have to take your brother.”
The officer waved his hand and two other policemen
gently pulled Yuri off Simon. Yuri didn’t know
why she didn’t object. She didn’t argue
as well when Simon was lifted onto a stretcher and
covered in a white cloth. The sirens of the ambulance
and police cars softened as they slowly drove away.
Yuri felt a fresh wave of tears in her eyes and she
stood there staring at the disappearing vehicles.
Simon Kowan died on December 14th.
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